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Russia seems to have a conflicted relationship with Twitter and Internet censorship in general. While trying to portray themselves as open and democratic, they clearly have a real problem with the radical openness of social media like Twitter. Maxim Ksenzov, deputy head of Roscomnadzor (Russia’s censorship agency), said Twitter is a “global instrument for promoting political […]

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Turkey Unblocks Twitter After Free-Speech Ruling Yesterday the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that the blocking of Twitter violated the guarantees of free speech in the Turkish Constitution. The government appears to have acted quickly to remove the blocks on Twitter’s IP addresses as well as the changes to DNS as ordered. Celebratory tweets are gushing […]

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Turkey has taken their censorship of Twitter to the next level. Initial blocking was done through DNS, so it could be easily bypassed by using something like Google DNS at 8.8.8.8. Turkey quickly responded to the masses of people using that workaround, and are now blocking Twitter by IP address. As one often sees with […]

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the courts have ordered Twitter be blocked completely. This appears to be in response to Twitter refusing to take down tweets of audio recordings purporting to be of Erdoğan engaging in corrupt activities. Twitter is suggesting that users fall back to an SMS interface to continue to access the […]

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In episode 17 of The Privacy Blog Podcast for February, 2014 I talk about: The just completed RSA Security conference How an email can expose your location A guy who suffered extortion because his username was so valuable. What happened in the latest Bitcoin fiasco Exactly how secure Apple’s iMessage protocol is And finally how insurance […]

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Last week the Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked, and a message posted saying that bombs had gone off in the white house, and the president was injured.   Obviously this was false. The Syrian Electronic army a pro regime hacker group has claimed responsibility, which does not prove that they did it. […]

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Dictionary apps post false piracy confessions on Twitter – Crave The Oxford Deluxe dictionary app requests access to your twitter account when it is installed. In some cases it then uses that account to post hundreds of identical tweets saying that you will pledge to stop pirating software. It is not exactly clear what criteria […]

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